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Old 03-24-2012, 05:21 PM   #541
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I'd be happy with it around 7. I think my Gh is ok already.

What is it now? You have a tester?
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:39 PM   #542
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What is it now? You have a tester?
Last I checked:
Kh 4
Gh 6
Ph 8

I've only used the Kh/Gh kit once so hopefully I read it correctly. Are you on the same water supply? does this sound right?

I'm going to test again in a few hours
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:55 PM   #543
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Last I checked:
Kh 4
Gh 6
Ph 8

I've only used the Kh/Gh kit once so hopefully I read it correctly. Are you on the same water supply? does this sound right?

I'm going to test again in a few hours
We are in different water supply. I have not tested my Kh or Gh in years. pH sounds about the same for me from tap. The two new 20 gal non-worm castings tank I set up for the CRS has pH at 8. They have been there for almost a day now and still alive.. Let's see if they will thrive in there. I don't plan to breed in the tank. They are just going to be my processing tank for CRS that I am selling. Probably good to acclimate them here too since most people tank are probably not going to be below 7 like my 5 gal.

I must say I was shocked at the amount of CRS I pulled from the 5gal last night. there is still a lot in there (40+ and I pulled out quite a bit). Not too happy of the amount of S grade I found they are doing fine in the new tank. I left all the adult in the 5gal.

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Old 03-24-2012, 08:56 PM   #544
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worm castings ..........
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worm castings ..........
Worm castings are great for plant nutrients but its not a Ph buffer. Pretty sure Van's low Ph is from his RO water. I do have a worm bin thats nearly full so I may give it a try at some point. I use the castings for my houseplants and veggies.

The peat I added dropped the Ph from 8 to 7.6. I think i'll test again in the morning and add more assuming I get the same readings
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:35 PM   #546
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worm castings + dolomite + potash and RO water
sounds very interesting, never heard about this methoad to breed CRS before
i will set up a new 15gal shrimp tank

Van, can u teach me how to set up a worm casting tank?

where can i buy all of these? (worm casting , dolomite and potash)

and how long does it take to cycle?


two things i have to buy , dehumidifier and Ro system
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worm castings + dolomite + potash and RO water
sounds very interesting, never heard about this methoad to breed CRS before
i will set up a new 15gal shrimp tank

Van, can u teach me how to set up a worm casting tank?

where can i buy all of these? (worm casting , dolomite and potash)

and how long does it take to cycle?


two things i have to buy , dehumidifier and Ro system
I have all of the above... well except for the dehumidifier cause I need it as a backup. I can send you instructions that I got and you can try it. Remember, it's messy. I ran the tank without anything but plants for 2 months. Technically, you are supposed to boil the castings first but I didn't do that with mine.

The low pH is most likely due to a few combination of things with RO being one.. Remember, the castings is neutral ph 7.. I've gotten my discus tank pH all the way down in the 5s before with RO. Not fun when it crashes though..
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:35 AM   #548
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Guess i'm lucky, tap water for me is 7.0.
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:14 PM   #549
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wow....i'm sick a couple days and i miss alot!! Jimmy, i think you can find worm castings at a store in bristol, it's a hydroponics store. i'll find the name later. one note, if you plan on boiling the worm castings, do NOT, i repeat DO NOT boil them indoors!! a camp stove or bbq outside is best. it will stink up your house like you would not believe. i have known about castings from way back in my "indoor gardening of 'medicinal plants'" days. LOL i remember that much from those threads. one guy actually had to fumigate his house to get rid of the smell, and it was still there faintly years later.

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Old 03-25-2012, 07:21 PM   #550
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oh, on another note, went to aquarium center today. i cannot believe i haven't been there before!! i picked up 10 red rili shrimp. yes, i was the bastage that bought every single one they had...lol also got a dozen orange cardinia.

oh, and Van...they have an L-46 pleco there. not sure female or male, had the wrong glasses on, for $399.00
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oh, on another note, went to aquarium center today. i cannot believe i haven't been there before!! i picked up 10 red rili shrimp. yes, i was the bastage that bought every single one they had...lol also got a dozen orange cardinia.

oh, and Van...they have an L-46 pleco there. not sure female or male, had the wrong glasses on, for $399.00
Too rich for my blood
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:30 PM   #552
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Well, if the wife would have caused a distraction like i asked her to, you would have had it a lot cheaper....lol
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Bill,

The Orange shrimp weren't neos?
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:57 PM   #554
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Girl said they were cardinias. I did ask because they were list as orange bee shrimp.
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We need pics haha.
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